Karen J. Spence
is the Assistant Director for the Office of Program Integration for the U. S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). Among her responsibilities, she provides leadership and coordination for the Department?wide Scientific and Technical Information Program and assures access to the energy-related information which supports the Department of Energy mission. Her duties include coordination with appropriate Departmental organizations, other government agencies, and private and domestic organizations. Ms. Spence is also responsible for OSTI strategic and operational planning, policy development, product management, promotions/marketing, and customer advocacy. She has more than 15 years of government and private industry experience. Throughout her career, she has held numerous management positions related to scientific and technical information. Her knowledge of information science and information management activities has contributed to the development of innovative programs and mechanisms for public access to Government information. She also actively participates in national organizations and groups that promote better management of government information. She has received numerous honors and awards during her career and continues to be a leader in promoting community service activities. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Alabama.